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PipIt seems that a human rabbiting on can send a dog to sleep too!

Already experiments done with kenneled dogs have shown that certain kinds of music help dogs to settled down while other kinds make them agitated.

Lori Kogan and colleagues compared three different kinds of music: classical music, heavy metal and some music that was specially designed to be relaxing for dogs (psycho-acoustic).

The dogs spent more time sleeping during the classical music than when other types of music were played, including special psycho-acoustic music or no music at all.

Through a Dog’s Ear music researchers wouldn’t agree and show how psycho-acoustic music, music specially designed to calm a dog, best makes them settle.  The principal is described on the Through a Dog’s Ear website.

It seems that it could be a lot simpler and that a certain kind of talking can do the same thing. We can bore our dogs to sleep too!

There is an excerpt from a new article in sciencedirect.com: ‘The effects of audiobooks on the behaviour of dogs at a rehoming kennels’.  Here are a few claims arising:

  • Audiobooks increase resting behaviour in kennelled dogs.
  • Audiobooks decrease sitting/standing behaviour in kennelled dogs.
  • Audiobooks have potential as auditory enrichment for kennelled dogs.

When we want a bit of peace and quiet, or when we want to help our dog to be calm and happy when we are out, we often leave the TV or radio on.

We however have no control over the sound it spews out. Adverts, shouting, sport, music of all sorts….

These tests have been done on kenneled dogs that are in a particularly stressful environment. Why shouldn’t it help our dogs at home too? Some slow classical music – OR – perhaps  – an audiobook?  Benedict Cumberbach reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time?.

It would be interesting to know a lot more. Is a male voice more soporific than a female voice? Is a soft monotone better than a variety of speed and volume? Would French work better?

I do wonder whether all this research simply proves the obvious. Stuff that sends us to sleep sends dogs to sleep too.

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (ABTC - AAB) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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